Magic loses two respected names: Nick Trost, Ted Lesley

October 26th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

It’s sad that there are not more news reports about the recent passing of two great magicians, Nick Trost and Ted Lasley. The news of their deaths has circulated through magic-news sites, magic blogs and the Ellusionist and Genii forums.

Trost is regarded as a genius with cards. His effects, particularly his packet tricks, drew favor for their creativity and ease of handling. His books, including “The Card Magic of Nick Trost,” are considered some of the finest works in the trade, and rise to the level of Erdnase, Hugard and Braue in several magicians’ estimation. He is also credited for many of the innovations behind modern card magic. He succumbed to a brain tumor on Oct. 23.

Lesley is well-eulogized by Tim Quinlan of the Inside Magic blog, who calls Lesley “an innovator in so many aspects of our magicial arts.” Quinlan said Lesley was responsible for many of the basic effects in mentalism, but his method of marking cards is enough to entitle him to magicians’ eternal gratitude. He passed away Saturday in an extended-care home in Berlin.

The entire Ellusionist staff expresses its condolences to the families and loved ones of these two incredible magicians. The world won’t be as magical without them.

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